Fup. Store Cat.
The Trip to Kahani
At five o'clock, with the sun slowly dipping toward the tree line, Zooey decides
to take matters into his own hands.
Soon it will be getting dark, and what chance to find dinner will he have
then? The cats can trap a mouse or catch a bird (hence their lack of urgency),
but Zooey prefers his meals prepared, thank you very much.
The trick, he figures, is to situate himself centrally on the block such that
when a car turns into its driveway he's already gathering the rolled-up newspaper
off the lawn; and by the time the car parks, he stands ready to deliver the
paper into the appreciative hands of its owner. From the spot Zooey eventually
selects, he can cover any one of eight homes, easy.
Less than ten minutes pass before he earns his first snack.
"Of course they give him food," Bear tells Fup, waiting beside the third house
into which the big dog has gained access. "He probably won't let go of the newspaper
until they set out a cold cut platter."
Zooey returns moments later in high spirits, bearing news: The brown split-level
on the corner (source of snack number two: leftover burger meat) does not house
pets. Its backyard isn't fenced. "And they liked me," Zooey confides. "On the
odd chance they catch us sleeping on their patio, I'm sure they'll let us stay
That Cat That Changed My Life: 50 Cats Talk About How They Became Who They Are
by Bruce Eric Kaplan
"All these cats lead exciting and varied lives wholly independent of the human
race," notes the editor in his Introduction. Well, duh. Scant attention has
been paid to the role of community in modern cat culture, so what a relief that
here, finally, fifty articulate felines set the record straight. Funny, sad,
occasionally shocking, but never less than true, these brave monologues
reaffirm our interdependency in ways that choreographed public displays such as
Paws Across America never can.
Poems by Writers' Dogs
by Amy Hempel
In "Dog Kibble," Tasha Baxter's verse exhibits a brutal economy of
words: "Life is never meaningless," her villanelle announces, "there is
always food." Here and throughout this collection these authors demand
your attention, as if to bark, "You can send me to my room for yelling
at the neighbors but you cannot silence what woofs in my heart!" Among
the selections nominated for Best
American Writing by Pets 2000 are Bob Barker Barry's sordid and hilarious
hallucinogenic escapades with Lynda; a tragic, posthumous prose poem by
Marrow Irving; and Sadie Louise Lamott's "Spoon River Sadie Louise," a
wildly metered exploration of the cross-cultural dynamics within a
household occupied by dogs, cats, birds, and small children. The sheer
intellect of these collected pieces will renew your faith in dogs.
Is Your Cat Too Fat?
by Bronwen Meredith
Too fat for what? And what business is it of this Meredith person's
anyway? Bronwen sounds like the kind of lady I wouldn't like at all.